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Mizuno says typhoon aid may not be reaching outlying areas

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:48 a.m. HST, Nov 30, 2013

Despite millions of dollars that have poured into the Philippines from around the world to help with Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, state Rep. John Mizuno fears that sufficient aid isn't making it to the smaller, outlying towns that were affected.

Mizuno held a news conference Friday at the State Capitol to address his concerns and speak with his family members in the Philippines live on Skype. The Mizuno family didn't hear from relatives living in Barugo, a town about 30 miles away from Tacloban City, for 10 days after the storm struck. When they did make contact, the family members were alive but starving.

The family received three meager rations of rice and sardine cans from a single Filipino nonprofit organization three days, six days, and 12 days after the storm before they fled Barugo by boat for the southern province of Negros Oriental to be with family members that weren't affected by the storm, Mizuno (D, Kamehameha Heights-Kalihi Valley) said.

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HD36 wrote:
Has Mizuno ever thought that the reason there was so many deaths is that they didn't prepare? Knowing how many typhoons hit the Phillipines every year, maybe, just maybe, they should have made emergency plans? If a massive tsunami hits Oahu, do you think donations are going to be flooding in from the Philipines? Hasn't the US already spent millions in aid? Why doesn't he fly there himself with a couple suitcases of Spam? The US gives billions away to countries that don't even have natural disasters. It's time to take care of US citizens first. 47 million are on food stamps and 75% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Unlike most politicians, most of us have to work for a living. Anyone who cares to donate money to their relatives is free to do so, but don't obligate others to help out your relatives.
on November 29,2013 | 07:22PM
2_centz wrote:
HD36, don't let the stress of this disaster weigh on you anymore than it has already. Life on earth is about the emotions that exist only on earth. Illinois has had it's own hurricane too just after hurricane Haiyan hit Tacloban, P.I. Many Filipinos in Hawaii don't have the ability to help since they beleive that they put themselves at the danger of hunger themselves. Many Filipinos feel that if they take care of themselves that is all that matters. Some of this is true. There are those that want to help but can't and those that can help are.
on November 29,2013 | 07:53PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I guarantee you that Mizuno is not in danger of going hungry anytime soon. He is a political opportunist who crafts messages to the press very carefully for his own personal benefit within his constituency. It is most likely for this reason that HD36 responded the way he or she did, A good example of his insincerity was the original article about his family starving and he allowed the SA to post a pic of himself grinning. I would have been livid and demanded an apology and retraction of that pic.
on November 30,2013 | 05:20AM
syhud wrote:
on November 29,2013 | 08:48PM
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